Mediation & Alternative Dispute Resolution
At the Law Offices of Russo & Prince, we strongly encourage the use of mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in divorce, child custody disputes, and other family law matters. In our more than 20 years of experience handling divorces and family law cases in Solano County, we have found that in the appropriate cases, mediation is more efficient than litigation in terms of money and time saved, as well as yielding more satisfying results that are more effective over the long run. Some of our most-favored ADR approaches include:
An Efficient Approach
The courts these days are clogged with cases, and the situation is only getting worse. California has had to cut billions from its budget, and the court system has not been immune from the impact of these cuts. Courtrooms have been closed, and hours and days have been cut from the calendar in those that remain open. It is becoming the norm to wait months, even years, for a court date or final judgment. When your court date does arrive, expect to wait hours for your case to be called, all the while paying your attorney to wait with you. When you finally do get your day in court, the judge may very well order your case to mediation before your hearing or trial. Why waste all that time and expense when you could have resolved the case much earlier and less expensively through mediation?
An Effective Approach
Besides faster and less expensive resolution, mediation is often a more effective way to resolve the issues in your divorce or family law matter. In a mediation or other ADR method, the parties collaborate to create a solution that meets both of their needs, as opposed to having a decision handed down and imposed upon both of them by a disinterested judge. When the parties have a stake in creating the custody or support order, they are much more likely to follow the order voluntarily without the need for further court enforcement or other intervention. This method also permits parties to come to more creative resolutions, recognizing that the needs of each family are unique.
Also, a mediated approach is often less stressful and less damaging to the long-term relationship between the parties. Even if spouses are divorcing, they are still likely to have significant contact throughout their lives, particularly if they have children, as their children experience life events such as graduation, marriage, and the birth of children of their own. Our experienced mediators can help our clients to focus on their issues and interests, without staking out intractable positions or attacking the other person's character or personality.
An Experienced Attorney in Family Law Mediation
Brenda Russo is a certified family law specialist with more than 20 years of legal experience, including mediation, collaborative law, arbitration, and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. All of the family law attorneys at Russo & Prince are highly experienced in mediation and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. We welcome clients to our office from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Sacramento, Napa, Yolo County, and the surrounding communities who wish to take a collaborative, interest-based, and win-win approach to their divorce, child custody dispute, legal separation, or other family law matter. For efficient, effective and long-lasting results in your case, contact the Law Offices of Russo & Prince to speak with one of our family law mediators.